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What’s Your Game?

‘What’s My Game’ during the pandemic, a story of juggling kids, being creative and not giving up – Claire’s blog!

My job as a facilitator of What’s My Game in Sheffield has changed radically since the pandemic. Gone are the days of walking the streets talking to people, where my most important skill was the voice and a smile. This has affected the way I connect with residents immensely. In the past, I built relationships by scouring the vicinity – visiting groups, parks and venues – now I have to find other ways to reach a variety of people. Everyone’s stressed, including me. Talking has become something that can potentially kill you.

Join us in making Sheffield Dementia Friendly

Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance is leading on work to establish Sheffield as dementia-friendly.  This means that someone with dementia feels part of our city and are respected and supported to live well with dementia.

  • Every 3 minutes someone in the UK develop dementia.
  • 67% of employers were seeking clear, more accessible information on dementia for their employees
  • 63% wanted more practical assistance from care and support to help their employees supported to stay in work

Readathon Live 2021!

My City Reads and Writes

Our half-term readathon, organised across the volunteer-run libraries in Sheffield, is based on the theme “My City Reads and Writes”. Featuring a reading of Nik Perrin’s poem “Mrs City” by children all across the city, followed by free creative workshops organised by CHOL Theatre and Arts Company, and culminating in a lived streamed performance, Readathon Live! offers a unique opportunity for children aged 7-15 to get involved in something creative, different, and fun.

Covid-19 Hardship Related Assistance

Covid-19 Hardship Related Assistance grant is available through the Council to support Sheffield residents who are having difficulties paying for food and other essentials due to the pandemic. Applicants do not need to be claiming benefits already and can apply independently without being referred from other statutory bodies. All information is available online and potential applicants should be directed to Sheffield City Council Website.

Let’s Cook Together by St Saviour’s Church

The project is called “Let’s Cook Together” and we started this back in 2019 with six youngsters, aged between 10 and 16. It’s a short basic cookery course teaching young people their way around a kitchen with a few easy meals to prepare for themselves and families. We interact with the young people to find out which meals they would like to learn. It is run by St Saviour’s Church under the umbrella of its “Community Project“, of which Alan and Maureen Greaves were the prime movers.

Introductions

Find out more about the SOAR staff team, our community partners, and our tenants at SOAR Works…

Welcome to SOAR

Here at SOAR, we are constantly evolving and changing in the pursuit of excellence. To help achieve this, our recruitment processes are about getting the right people, to fit the right posts.

Patrick Moran – Project Worker for Myself MyCommunity

Patrick remains in the organisation in a new role as a Project Worker, jointly employed by SOAR and Firvale Community Hub. He will organise a social cafe at Firvale Community Hub for people with serious mental illness who are patients at the Foundry Group of GPs.

Cooking on a Budget

A Better Life project is delivered by SOAR in partnership with Sheffield Citizens Advice, and also in partnership with (& funded by) Age Better in Sheffield and The National Lottery Community Fund. It aims to provide support to people over 50 who experience financial exclusion and reduce loneliness and isolation. Part of the project is offering group sessions to support financial management. The Cooking on a budget project was delivered to support people with finances and also to reduce social isolation. All the recipes in this book were created and co-produced with the participants of the Cooking on a Budget project, which was delivered at both the Vestry Hall and Longley 4 Greens Community Hall in Sheffield. Both groups were involved in the cooking and tasting of many recipes and here is a selection of their favourites.

A Digital Health and Wellbeing group for the Over 50s.

Following the difficulties with COVID, clients were missing groups and social interaction.  They particularly said they are feeling more aches and pains as they were moving less. Through joint collaboration with SOAR Health Trainer and Age Better Development in addition to weekly wellbeing calls we decided to trial a virtual class online.

Chronic or persistent pain is pain that carries on for longer than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment. Most people get back to normal after pain following an injury or operation. But sometimes the pain carries on for longer or comes on without any history of an injury or operation. SOAR’s chronic pain group aims to support people to enhance the quality of life through practical and social support. We caught up with Mariam and Sofeena to find out how the zoom chronic pain sessions are going…